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China suc­cess­fully launched twin BeiDou-3 nav­i­ga­tion satel­lites early Mon­day morn­ing, mark­ing a ma­jor mile­stone for the ar­ray of po­si­tion­ing satel­lites known as BDS – the BeiDou Nav­i­ga­tion Satel­lite Sys­tem.

Launched from the Xichang Satel­lite Launch Cen­ter in Xichang, South­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince, the satel­lites are the 42nd and 43rd in the BDS con­stel­la­tion.

The twin Medium Earth Or­bit (MEO) satel­lites en­tered their des­ig­nated or­bit about three hours after their launch.

“The ba­sic BDS-3 con­stel­la­tion has been com­pleted, mark­ing a mile­stone for the Chi­nese BeiDou to truly go global,” Yang Changfeng, chief ar­chi­tect of the BDS, said at a press event on Sun­day in Xichang.

“BDS will reach world­wide cov­er­age after the Mon­day launch with an en­hanced ac­cu­racy of be­tween 2.5 me­ters and 5 me­ters, and will pro­vide ser­vices that are twice as good as the pre­vi­ous BDS-2 with­out even be­ing no­ticed by the users,” Yang said.

This year has wit­nessed China’s in­tense ef­forts to launch the ar­ray of satel­lites that make up the coun­try’s global nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem.

Since Novem­ber 5 last year, 19 launches of BDS3 satel­lites have been con­ducted, with the short­est in­ter­vals be­tween launches be­ing only 17 days, said Yang.

Such a launch sched­ule is un­prece­dented in China’s space his­tory, Wang Ping, chief de­signer of the BDS-3 fam­ily of satel­lites, told the Global Times.

To achieve the goal, Chi­nese engi-

Zhuang noted that the two coun­tries can en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in mar­itime search and res­cue, anti-piracy op­er­a­tions and crack­down on smug­gling.

China views Brunei as an im­por­tant part­ner in build­ing the 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road and is will­ing to con­nect the BRI with Brunei’s Wawasan 2035, ac­cord­ing to Xinhua.

The two coun­tries signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing in 2017 to build syn­ergy be­tween the BRI and Brunei’s Wawasan 2035, Xinhua re­ported. Wawasan 2035 was pro­posed in 2008 to pro­mote eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion in the coun­try.

In a state­ment re­leased on Mon­day, both sides reaf­firmed their com­mit­ment to main­tain­ing peace, sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity, and the im­por­tance of con­tin­u­ing to ex­er­cise self-re­straint by all par­ties con­cerned and the pro­mo­tion of mu­tual trust and con­fi­dence in the South China Sea, Xinhua re­ported.

In the state­ment, the two sides un­der­scored the im­por­tance of re­solv­ing ter­ri­to­rial and ju­ris­dic­tional dis­putes through peace­ful di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tions by sov­er­eign states di­rectly con­cerned.

Gu Xiaosong, an ex­pert on Southeast Asian stud­ies at the Guangxi Academy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times on Mon­day that while it has dis­putes with China in the South China Sea, Brunei al­ways shows a friendly at­ti­tude on the is­sue, which can be an ex­am­ple for other re­lated coun­tries.

Gu said that close and friendly re­la­tions with Brunei will not only help pro­mote re­gional devel­op­ment but also help solve the South China Sea is­sue.

Close BRI in­ter­ac­tion

Trade be­tween China and Brunei to­taled $1.3 bil­lion in the first nine months of 2018, an in­crease of 88.7 per­cent com­pared to the same pe­riod last year, Bei­jing-based news­pa­per Eco­nomic Daily re­ported Sun­day.

Gu noted that “Brunei’s econ­omy used to rely on oil and gas, while BRI pro­vides it with an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop other in­dus­tries such as tourism, agri­cul­ture and ser­vices.”

China has be­come the top source of for­eign tourists to Brunei, with 52,000 Chi­nese vis­it­ing the coun­try in 2017, Xinhua re­ported on Mon­day.

Chi­nese com­pa­nies have also been ac­tively in­volved in in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion in Brunei, in­clud­ing the Pu­lau Muara Be­sar Bridge, Brunei’s first sea bridge, the Teli­sai-Lu­mut High­way and the Ulu Tu­tong Dam.

In ad­di­tion, the 30-kilome­ter Tem­burong sea bridge, the largest in­fra­struc­ture project in Brunei jointly built by a Chi­nese com­pany, will also be com­pleted soon, Xinhua re­ported Sun­day.

Xinhua said the big­gest project in­vested by Chi­nese com­pa­nies in Brunei, a petro­chem­i­cal project with in­vest­ment from Zhe­jiang Hengyi Petro­chem­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion, is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2022.

These projects have im­proved lo­cal con­nec­tiv­ity and be­come shin­ing “brand names” of China in Brunei, Xinhua said.

The two coun­tries are also work­ing on build­ing an eco­nomic cor­ri­dor be­tween Brunei and South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion.

Guangxi can help Brunei in the high-tech in­dus­try while Brunei can pro­vide Guangxi with re­sources, Zhuang said.

His­tor­i­cal ties

Ex­changes be­tween China and Brunei started in China’s Western Han Dy­nasty (206BCAD25), when Brunei was then known as Boni. Chi­nese ex­plorer Zheng He (1371-1433), the pathfinder of the an­cient Mar­itime Silk Road, had stopped at least twice in Brunei.

The sec­ond King of Boni died in Nan­jing, East China’s Jiangsu Prov­ince, dur­ing a visit to China in 1408 dur­ing the Ming Dy­nasty (1368-1644). He was buried in royal rites at that time.

Friendly in­ter­ac­tions be­tween China and Brunei shows that China’s an­cient Mar­itime Silk Road, as well as the cur­rent BRI, are al­ways a path to peace­ful and friendly co­op­er­a­tion, Zhuang said.

Photo: VCG

Car­ry­ing a pair of BDS-3 nav­i­ga­tion satel­lites, a Long March-3B launch ve­hi­cle takes off early Mon­day morn­ing from the Xichang Satel­lite Launch Cen­ter in Xichang, South­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince.

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